Columnar Brooch ~ Mossy Greens

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Antique Expedition ~ Fall 2013 Brimfield Antique Show

September 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite events of the year is the Brimfield Antiques Show where I look forward to chatting with venders about jewelry history and culture as much as I do discovering a new piece for my designs. Most of the components for my vintage inspired jewelry are found right here in New England using locally sourced vintage textiles, buttons, and costume jewelry, and with up-cycled materials such as discarded findings and components from bygone jewelry manufactures. This Fall my mom, Barbara, joined me for a week of antiquing, inspiration and education on everything from hand hooked rugs and mid-century dining tables, to antique silver native american beads and Victorian mosaics.

My Brimfield Antiques week started off with a one day indoor Vintage Textile and Vintage Clothing Show in nearby Sturbridge. Approximately 250 Vendors set up at the Host Hotel, selling everything from vintage fashion and textiles to buttons, belts and shoes, to hats and jewelry. We spent the next few days walking the many fields, starting at 7 am, going until we couldn’t walk another step.

Here are a few finds that inspired us:

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My trusty side-kick (Mom) taking a break in one of the many fields we visited during our week at Brimfield, MA antique shows.

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The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000 visitors during the course of one week, held three times a year in May, July and September. I always look forward to attending! While I refer to the week as “Brimfield”, the entire show is composed of 23 fields, owned by individual promoters who lease spaces to dealers from all over the world. The large fields of venders are located on a mile long stretch of a two-lane road (both sides!) just outside the town of Brimfield, in central Massachusetts. Different fields open on different days with unique venders, so each day is filled with new discoveries!

Treasure Hunting At May 2013 Brimfield Antique Show

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

I feel very lucky to have a wealth of knowledgeable antique and vintage experts in my own back yard. One of my favorite events of the year is the Brimfield Antiques Show where I look forward to chatting with venders about jewelry history and culture as much as I do discovering a new piece for my designs. Most of the components for my vintage inspired jewelry are found right here in New England using locally sourced vintage textiles, buttons, and costume jewelry, and with up-cycled materials such as discarded findings and components from bygone jewelry manufactures.

My Brimfield Antiques week started off with a one day indoor Vintage Textile and Vintage Clothing Show in nearby Sturbridge. Approximately 250 Vendors set up at the Host Hotel, selling everything from vintage fashion and textiles to buttons, belts and shoes, to hats and jewelry. Tuesday to Friday I stayed at a delightful bed and breakfast, Lord Manner, and walked the fields from 6am to 6pm. I was not the early bird though! By the time I arrived some people were already carting their treasure off to new homes.

Here are a few of my most memorable finds – I didn’t purchase any of them, but found them to be inspiring!

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The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000 visitors during the course of one week, held three times a year in May, July and September. I always look forward to attending! While I refer to the week as “Brimfield”, the entire show is composed of 23 fields, owned by individual promoters who lease spaces to dealers from all over the world. The large fields of venders are located on a mile long stretch of a two-lane road (both sides!) just outside the town of Brimfield, in central Massachusetts. Different fields open on different days with unique venders, so each day is filled with new discoveries!

explorations and adventures… The Little Kings love a good museum

November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am thrilled that my family happily indulges my love of visiting museums. I am continually inspired by artworks old and new. Ofcourse, for some, it is more fun to be photographed with the art then to contemplate it…

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Sundays at the SoWa Artisian Market Boston’s Largest Outdoor Market

September 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am so excited to be selected to present my textile and handbag collection, Manu, at the SoWa Open Market. We will have a display every-other Sunday from September 2nd – October 28th.

Jenne Rayburn Handbags and Jewelry at SoWa Boston

Jenne Rayburn Silk and Leather Handbags, and Handcrafted Jewelry, SoWa

Here are a few pictures of our display this past Sunday. I introduced Manu, my collection of handbags, belts and scarfs. I’ve been scouring vintage markets and antique shops for fabrics and components for years, and am really pleased with how they have come together with my own contemporary accessories in this new line. I have also developed custom-dyed fabrics, including silk, wool and organic cotton, which are then manipulated through traditional and contemporary techniques such as knitting, stitching, nuno felting, batik, crochet, embroidery, quilting and collage.

Jenne Rayburn Wool, Linen and Cotton Handbags

Jenne Rayburn Wool, Linen and Cotton Handbags, and Handcrafted Jewelry, SoWa

The resulting fashion accessories are a playful juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage textiles inspired by the mix of color and ornament in indigenous folk art and the rough and weathered look of things well-worn and well-loved.

Jenne Rayburn Hand Dyed Silk Scarves, SoWa Boston

Jenne Rayburn Hand Dyed Silk Scarves, SoWa

The SoWa Open Market is held Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 460 Harrison Avenue, in one of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods, The South End, which is touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston!

explorations and adventures… photos New York, Spring 2012

June 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am continually inspired by texture and color patterns. Take for example this colorful warehouse we passed as we rode the train to New York this spring. Wow! I can’t wait to see if I can get these texture and color variations in enamels.


Although much of my work is based on graphic images, I strive to visually transform them so that they are perceived as three dimensional.  Take a look at this detail from a bridge in Central Park… we had perfect weather!

Have you visited the High LIne yet? This spring it was gloriously green and filled with flowers. Looks like new buildings are sprouting up along the High Line too!

Treasure Hunting

May 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Most of the components for my vintage inspired jewelry are found right here in New England using locally sourced vintage textiles, buttons, and costume jewelry, and with up-cycled materials such as discarded findings and components from bygone jewelry manufactures. People are often surprised to find out that by the 1950’s most of the world’s costume jewelry was being made in America, and most American costume jewelry was made on the East Coast in Rhode Island and New York City, with glass “stones” imported from Swarovski and other European manufacturers.

The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000 visitors during the course of one week, held three time a year in May, July and September. I always look forward to attending! While I refer to it as “Brimfield”, the show is actually comprised of 23 fields, owned by individual promoters who lease spaces to dealers from all over the world. The large fields of venders are located on a mile long stretch of a two-lane road (both sides!) just outside the town of Brimfield, in central Massachusetts.

Sturbridge Antique Textile and Vintage Clothing Show


The Brimfield Antiques week starts off with a one day indoor Vintage Textile and Vintage Clothing Show in nearby Sturbridge. Approximately 250 Vendors set up at the Host Hotel, selling everything imaginable related to vintage fashion and textiles. I always look forward to the vintage buttons from Byson Buttons, and this year I found trims from the Tinsel Trading Company.

Brimfield Treasures


It is not possible to capture the amazing array of style and personality at the shows, not to mention all of the items for sale! Last year I saw some fashionistas walking around with a TV camera, but many of the vendors don’t allow pictures in their booths. Instead I furiously make notes in my sketchbook, endlessly inspired by the colors and textures of so many treasures. And, I feel very lucky to have a wealth of knowledgeable sellers in my own back yard. I look forward to chatting with people at Brimfield about jewelry history and culture as much as I do discovering a new piece for my collections.

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